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The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 5 October 2012 (USA)
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From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

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Himself - Narrator / Interviewer
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Michelle Alexander ...
Herself - Author, The New Jim Crow
Mark W. Bennett ...
Himself - U.S. Federal Judge (as Hon. Mark Bennett)
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Himself (archive footage) (as Joseph Biden)
Michael Bien ...
Himself - Civil Rights Attorney
Charles Bowden ...
Himself - Investigative Reporter
Mike Carpenter ...
Himself - Chief of Security, Lexington Corrections
Betty Chism ...
Herself - Kevin's mother
Michael Correa ...
Himself
Michael Correia ...
Himself - Commanding Officer, Narcotics (as Lt. Michael Correia)
Eric Franklin ...
Himself - Lexington Corrections Center (as Warden Eric Franklin)
Glendon Goldsboro ...
Himself - Providence Police (as Lt. Glendon Goldsboro)
Maurice Haltiwanger ...
Himself - ID# 03678-029
Carl Hart ...
Himself, associate professor of psychology, Columbia University
Elzie Hooks ...
Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
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From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

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In the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and destroyed impoverished communities at home and abroad. See more »

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$16,453 (USA) (5 October 2012)

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$210,752 (USA) (8 February 2013)
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Edited into Storyville: The House I Live In (2013) (2013) See more »

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IF YOU'RE EVER IN OKLAHOMA
Written and Performed by J.J. Cale
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Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The House I Live In
14 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a compelling documentary. Please see it. The drug war that results in mass incarceration is probably the most critical emerging issue of our time. If you care about humanity, and if you care about the economics of our country, then go see this film.

The filmmakers seamlessly describe the complexities that underly the drug war and mass incarceration. Then they show the devastating unintended consequences of this misguided policy approach. Finally, they raise important questions that will help to craft a new way forward.

I am going to do my part to get as many people that I can to see this film. I'm posting it on Facebook, I'm writing reviews, and I'm telling people about it in my capacity as a trainer in child welfare.

The filmmakers deserve a huge thank you for calling out the ugly truth of the drug war in a way that we can understand it, and do something about it.


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